“I think you know there are a lot of white folks out there who are not necessarily racist who felt uncomfortable for the first time in their lives about whether or not they wanted to vote for an African-American. I think next time around, by the way, it will be a lot easier for them to do that.” A primary reason this is so problematic is that it did not come out of the mouth of a right wing candidate. Instead, it came out of the mouth of Bernie Sanders. An audio of that part of the interview was posted on Twitter. Bernie Sanders has long been accused of a particular type of racism that skirts around it, dances on tiptoes by excusing and ignoring racist attitudes that would have people not vote for a black candidate because they are black and well, that can make some white folks uncomfortable. On Gillum, Sanders went on to say this: “I think he’s a fantastic politician in the best sense of the word,” Sanders said of Gillum. “He stuck to his guns in terms of a progressive agenda. I think he ran a great campaign. And he had to take on some of the most blatant and ugly racism that we have seen in many, many years. And yet he came within a whisker of winning.” Except, of course, he is black, as far as Sanders is concerned and white people who apparently are not racist, would feel uncomfortable voting for a black person. But this is apparently not racism. This racist dog whistling, this expectation that blatant racism be ignored, that people do not call it out for what it is, or are only willing to call it out when it's from the other side, which Sanders is more than willing to do. The article also notes that Sanders is considering another run in 2020. It would behoove Sanders to note that his refusal to call it by its real name, his continued dog whistling excuses, is why he was so unpopular with black voters to begin with. In the words of Keith Boykin: Not necessarily racist? Not wanting to vote for someone because they are black is kinda the very definition of racist. Come on, Bernie Sanders. Bernie Sanders has been trying to woo black voters this year, perhaps having realised that without them, he doesn't stand a chance. However many do not trust him and a large portion argue that his refusal to address the issues of racism in the South and across the US, his inability to understand that economic disparity in the South is deeply connected to racist attitudes, will result in minorities not trusting him. This latest issue won't help. So, what do people here think? If someone does not vote for a candidate because they are black, are they being racist? And should Sanders actually call it out instead of trying to excuse it by suggesting that these people aren't racist?